Delivery Services Help Small Restaurants Compete

Consumers have access to a growing number of delivery services that make it quick and easy to order a wide range of foods catered to any number of occasions, budgets or dietary restrictions, according to Tricia Smith in a blog at smartblogs.com.

Partnering with small, local restaurants appeals to consumers looking for something outside the pizza-and-Chinese norm, and helps local eateries compete with the big chains.

GrubHub Seamless, which combined two rival companies in a merger last year, delivers from about 25,000 restaurants in 500 cities. Smaller, local delivery operations are popping up in cities all over the country and some are beginning to expand. Cater2.me, which specializes in corporate lunch deliveries, began in San Francisco and has added operations in New York City, Austin, Chicago, Boston and Washington, D.C.

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